Wickmayer tops Kvitova in Generali Ladies final

BY foxsports • October 18, 2009

Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium won her second career WTA Tour title Sunday, defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 in the Generali Ladies final.

The third-seeded Wickmayer moved well around the court and forced Kvitova into making 29 errors from the baseline.

"It was an unbelievable week for me," said Wickmayer, who also beat Kvitova en route to the U.S. Open semifinals. "I am so happy I pulled this one through. It was a tough match against Petra, who has done so well here all week."

Wickmayer won five straight games from 3-3 to take the opening set and start the second with a break. Kvitova broke back immediately, but dropped serve again to trail 3-2.

The 24th-ranked Belgian wrapped up the victory on the first match point when Kvitova sent a forehand into the net.

Kvitova, who upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, sent many of her groundstrokes wide or long.

Wickmayer, who turns 20 on Tuesday, had beaten top-seeded Flavia Pennetta in Saturday's semifinals. Her first WTA title came in May at Estoril, Portugal. She had already qualified for next month's Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia.

It was the second final for the 55th-ranked Kvitova, who won in January at Hobart, Australia. She had not been beyond the quarterfinal stages of a WTA event since then.

Wickmayer become the third Belgian champion in Linz, after Sabine Appelmans in 1994 and 1996 and Justine Henin in 2002.

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